Mass Effect 3 Suffers Massive User Backlash
Now this is something I really wasn’t expecting to see.
I paid a friendly visit to Metacritic today in order to check out the first review scores for Mass Effect 3, and they were exactly what I expected them to be: around 93 percent. That’s all normal. However, I was shocked to find that user reviews tell a completely different story. It’s really hard to believe.
Now, I’m sure we’re all aware of the concept of “review-bombing”, where unhappy users flock in masses to Metacritic and post negative reviews in order to slate a game and bring down its score. And while this is usually controversial, laughed at or shrugged off, it can really have a very negative effect on a game, as it did with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. And in actuality it does, to some degree, express gamers’ unhappiness towards a title. At the very least, it indicates that there is a problem.
Now let me actually bring in the stats to shock you. While critics are off calling Mass Effect 3 a work of art, at the time of writing this article the user reviews are set as follows:
- Mass Effect 3 PC Version – User score of 2.2 out of 10, from a total of 322 submitted ratings.
- Mass Effect 3 PS3 Version – User score of 3.1 out of 10, from a total of 158 submitted ratings.
- Mass Effect 3 360 Version – User score of 4.2 out of 10, from a total of 296 submitted ratings.
To put this into perspective, across the three platforms the average user score for Mass Effect 3 is a staggeringly low 3.2 out of 10. This is the complete opposite of Mass Effect 2, which averaged an 8.5 for user ratings, while the original Mass Effect had an average of 8.6, although it wasn’t on PS3.
What exactly has gone wrong? What is the cause of all this hate from gamers? Well, I investigated some of the user reviews, and have pulled some interesting complaints and criticisms. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers contained in the reviews I took.
A review that got me raising my eyebrows was from an angered user, AHomosexualMale, who said:
As a homosexual male, it is painful watching bioware act like they are champions of the gay community. Their insulting representations of gay individuals are merely an attempt to politicize their business, so they can look progressive while deflecting real criticism as homophobic, just because some homophobes exist. Their behavior is a mockery of homosexuals everywhere and I would urge any homosexuals interested in activism not to be deceived by these insensitive people.
Another, from newtee2, who rated the game 5 out of 10, said:
As a big fan of multiple RPGs, and fan of the first two Mass Effect games, this game does not live up to current RPG standards. The plot is unusually boring, the gameplay is surprisingly lacking, the graphics and animations have barely been touched since ME2, and worst of all the game’s ending is the biggest let down I’ve witnessed in years. The most outrageous thing about ME3 is that the day one downloadable content contains information that is crucial to the series as a whole. This game was the biggest letdown to me in years, and I almost feel as if I have been ripped off
JMILTON was extremely negative in his assessment, writing:
The writing and plot in this game are by far the worst in the trilogy. The use of deus ex machina betrays BioWare’s incredibly lazy narrative and ridiculous ending. Choices and consequences are non-existent, the combat is simplified to the point it’s painfully easy even on hardest difficulty, animations are clunky and facial animations are always deeply entrenched within the uncanny valley. Characters are stupid, boring, predictable and funny for all the wrong reasons. Avoid this game at all costs, your time is better spent elsewhere.
User Yasuchika was quite adamant that Mass Effect 3 slipped up big time.
In an attempt to woo the Call of Duty fanbase, Bioware decided to make ME3 a more action focused game. In an attempt to woo the casual fanbase, Bioware decided to make ME3 a more story focused game. In an attempt to woo the ex-Bioware fanbase, Bioware decided to make ME3 more akin to ME1. In an attempt to woo a larger target audience, Bioware has failed to create a game that does anything groundbreaking for any genre.
The final review I’ll quote is from Duncaaaaaan, who wrote:
Oh how the mighty have fallen. If you’re one of the following, or a combination of all three: a newcomer to the series; someone who doesn’t like roleplaying games; someone who prefers shooters like Gears of War or CoD; Go give this game a 9.5/10, it was made specifically for you. If you’re someone who was a fan of the ME1 franchise since the first one, enjoyed the fantastic and witty writing, the dialogue choices and essentially what was a perfect hybrid of shooter and RPG mechanics, rate this game somewhere in the 1-3/10 region.
There is also a huge lack of polish, animations are absolutely terrible and glitchy. voice acting is unbelievably bad, the lead writer, Mac Walters, is f*cking crap at his job and should be sacked. Graphics are very low quality. Skyboxes are a joke to look at, just a muddy pixelated mess Iooks more at home in the original Half-Life1, low res textures are buried under excessive amounts of shadow and poor contrast settings that can’t be changed, space bar does EVERYTHING.
Choices in the past game mean almost nothing, which is contrary to what was advertised. And now, the autodialog. Shepard just talks for ages on end, with absolutely no input from the player. This isn’t YOUR Shep you play, it is something else. Shep often says dickish things I didn’t want him to, so and there’s only 2 choices of dialog now, not 3-4 from the previous games. One good and one bad. It’s like we’re being treated as retards, it’s insulting. I give it a 2/10, and that’s generous. There are also SEVERE frame rate issues on the PS3. The fps averages around 20 fps. Not kidding.
This is pretty crazy. What are your thoughts on all the Mass Effect 3 hate?